Western Graduates First Bachelor’s Degree Class

Western Graduates First Bachelor’s Degree Class

Bachelor of Applied Science graduates with Dr. Kim Dale: (L to R) Raquel Maestas: Cum Laude; President, Dr. Kim Dale; Krista Simkin; and Elijah Archuleta. (Photo: Western Wyoming Community College)

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College graduated the very first students from the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in Business Organizational Management last Friday night.

Elijah Archuleta, Krista Simkin and Raquel Maestas received their BAS degrees from the program that launched in 2021.

“This was a monumental moment for the College as we formally graduated our first cohort of bachelor degrees,” said Western President Dr. Kim Dale. “We’re incredibly thrilled that Western was able to provide these students this opportunity and to join them on their journey. I’m looking forward to seeing their impact in our communities.” 

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Western’s Bachelor’s Degree in Business was launched early last year and is solely online. During the planning process, Western worked with community partners in business to design the degree around student needs and future higher education attainment goals for Wyoming.

The program requires 120 credit hours to complete and offers coursework in topics such as Business Ethics, Human Resources Management, and Principles of Marketing, among others.

“The courses are set to challenge you and give you a simulation of what the real business world will be like,” said Archuleta. “The small class sizes allow you to connect with your peers and teachers on a personal level, and to discuss the course topics in depth.”

Maestas called Western’s professors “genuine, driven, and dedicated to help students learn and succeed.”

“The experience of having smaller classes and more personal face time with professors is priceless,” she said.

Those interested in learning more about the bachelor program and possible career opportunities can visit Western’s website or to speak to the School of Business & Computer Technology Chair, Beth Gard, email bgard@westernwyoming.edu or call: 307-382-1658.  

Fall registration is now open and will close on August 24.